We are currently advertising for a consultant to help us to produce an Activity Plan for the Heritage Lottery Funded project DNAire – Developing the Natural Aire. This is a joint project between the Environment Agency and The Aire Rivers Trust to install fish passes on the River Aire with significant community engagement activity focused on celebrating the return of salmon to their traditional spawning grounds in the upper Aire near Skipton and to deliver a volunteer programme of River Stewardship. This project has a strong digital emphasis with plans to create a virtual (and where possible physical) trail along the River together with web and smartphone based materials to help people discover the built, cultural and natural heritage of the River Aire. This project is an opportunity for the Aire Rivers Trust is expand and formalise. Therefore, organisational development will be a key part of the mentoring and delivery we require from an Activity Consultant.
The Aire Rivers Trust is a registered charity that was established 7 years ago by a group of people passionate about improving the quality of the River Aire and encouraging the community to see the river as a valuable resource. Over those 7 years, the trust has successfully developed a range of key partnerships and delivered many projects improving the river to a total of around £500k . Working closely with the Environment Agency, we were recently successful in getting Heritage Lottery Fund support for a £1.6million project, DNAire – Developing the Natural Aire – designed to catalyse a renaissance of the river by enabling salmon to reach the headwaters and spawn as well as re-connecting communities with the river. This, along with another substantial River Stewardship project and yet more on the horizon puts the Trust on the threshold of an exciting future.
To meet the challenges we see ahead, we have decided to reinvigorate our Board by recruiting a small number of additional trustees.
We always need ‘hands-on’ volunteers
If you don’t think that being a trustee is for you, but would still like to help, we always have volunteer opportunities available – helping with bankside cleanups, perhaps some citizen science, maybe just visually monitoring your local stream
At the moment we could do with some help marketing/promoting our Trust and the key projects (DNAire and Stewardship) we are currently running. If you have marketing/PR or social media skills, do get in touch.
If you would like to volunteer, then get in touch.